HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announces the award of a $2,000 grant from the NNJCF's Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund to Vitalant, one of the country's oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations.

The NNJCF, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, concentrates on the focus areas of education, public health, civic engagement, the arts, philanthropy, and the environment. The fund remembers Wyckoff resident Andrea Tilbian Halejian and contributes to qualified charitable organizations she supported. The grant award remembers the annual blood drive she organized annually in memory of her son who died in infancy. Previous grant recipients include the Center for Peace, Justice & Reconciliation (PJR) at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey; the Center for Food Action in Englewood, New Jersey; and the Fund for Armenian Relief and the Armenian General Benevolent Union in New York City.

Founded in 1943, Vitalant comprises a network of nearly a dozen community blood centers nationwide.  "The grant comes at an especially good time," said Michael Davenport, Regional Director for Vitalant's Montvale location. "We have an opportunity to replace a number of the donor beds that we use on our mobile units, as well as to utilize the grant money to publicize the need for blood donations during the upcoming critical blood collection timeframe from mid-December to mid-January," added Davenport.  "On behalf of our entire staff and the patients and hospitals we serve, we appreciate the generosity of the NNJCF's Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund."

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"The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation helps donors connect with issues they care about.  Our donor services program offers flexible, easy ways for to anyone to contribute to the community.  Committed, civic-minded donors investing in their charitable interests at all levels are vital to the region and our communities' health and well-being," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

About NNJCF

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on education, public health, civic engagement, philanthropy, the environment, and the arts.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

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